(CNN) – Interesting how much President Obama sounds a bit like President Bush. Immediately, the president went to 9/11 at top of speech, talking about threat from al-Qaeda.
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WEST POINT, New York (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Tuesday that additional troops for Afghanistan will begin deploying in early 2010.
"The 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 - the fastest pace possible - so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers," Obama said in a nationally televised speech.
"They will increase our ability to train competent Afghan security forces, and to partner with them so that more Afghans can get into the fight," Obama said. "And they will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans."
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(CNN) – President Obama doesn't have to say a word about the price of war. He can just let the cameras pan along the rows of faces in the audience.
(CNN) – President Obama took a not so veiled hit at former Vice President Dick Cheney and other Republicans who accused him of dithering.
(CNN) – The first Republican statement reacting to President Obama's speech arrives.
Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, sounds what will likely be a common Republican theme:
"Announcing an arbitrary withdrawal deadline before these troops even set foot in Afghanistan undercuts their efforts and calls our resolve into question," says Thune.
West Point, New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the situation in Afghanistan has been moving backward.
"Afghanistan is not lost, but for several years it has moved backwards," Obama said in announcing he will deploy an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to the Islamic country.
"There is no imminent threat of the government being overthrown, but the Taliban has gained momentum," Obama said of the Islamic extremist insurgency. "Al Qaeda has not re-emerged in Afghanistan in the same numbers as before 9/11, but they retain their safe-havens along the border."
(CNN) - Speech Goal #1: Remind people why the U.S. is in Afghanistan. Check.
WEST POINT, New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that America "did not ask for" the war in Afghanistan.
In a nationally televised speech announcing the deployment of 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, Obama recounted the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
"Al Qaeda's base of operations was in Afghanistan, where they were harbored by the Taliban – a ruthless, repressive and radical movement that seized control of that country after it was ravaged by years of Soviet occupation and civil war, and after the attention of America and our friends had turned elsewhere," Obama said.